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  • . ()greek orthodox metropolis

    of toronto (canada)

    prayer book

    2006

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  • INDEXIntroduction .................................................................................... 3

    SHORT PRAYERS Morning prayer ......................................................................... 4The Creed ...................................................................................... 6Doxology ......................................................................................... 7Prayers before mealtime ................................................. 10Prayer-Thanksgiving after lunch ................................ 10Prayers before Dinner .......................................................... 11Prayer-Thanksgiving after dinner ................................ 12Evening Prayer ..................................................................... 13

    SELECTIONS OF HYMNS-PSALMS-PRAYERS

    Hymns to the Holy Trinity ............................................... 22Megalynaria ................................................................................ 23Selections from Matins ...................................................... 23The Magnificat .......................................................................... 25Selections from the Hours ............................................ 27From Vespers ............................................................................ 30The thanksgiving at the lighting of the lamps ..... 33The Ode of Symeon ............................................................ 35Selections from Small Compline Service ............ 36 Prayers before Holy Communion ............................... 37Thanksgiving after Holy Communion ...................... 38Prayers of Great Lent ......................................................... 38Prayers during Matins ......................................................... 39Prayers during Great Compline ................................... 40Vespers and Matins Prayerof Great Lent ............................................................................ 43The prayer of St. Ephrem ................................................ 43Hymns of the Penticostarion ...................................... 44Lyturgical Hymns .................................................................... 46The Beatitudes ...................................................................... 48

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  • Beloved in the Lord,Prayer is the breath of the soul. Without breath-

    ing and oxygen, nothing can live. The soul without prayer is in a state of spiritual death.

    Prayer is conversation and dialogue with God Himself. This happens whenever you stand or kneel before your home Prayer corner, where your icons and vigil light are set up, or in the House of the Lord, in the company of God Himself. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before the fall, you will feel the carress of God whenever you pray. You will rejoice in His smile, and share in His happiness and glory. This is true prayer. Can there be anything better, more exalted, more honourable, and more pleasing than this? This is why St. Paul advises us to pray without ceasing.

    Offering you this small Prayer Book, together with St. Paul, I ask all of you, my beloved Christians, to pray. Make it a daily spiritual exercise. Use this Prayer Book, which contains the traditional prayers of our Holy Church, and you will see how much you will benefit and be spiritually enriched.

    May our Thrice-Holy God bless you and sanctify you. May our Most Holy Lady, the Blessed Theoto-kos and Ever-Virgin Mary shelter you and protect you. May all the Holy Saints, expecially your patron Saint, intercede for you, and accompany you in prayer. May you also be protected by your Guardian Angel. As you cultivate your prayer life, may you continue to grow spiritually each day, and abide in the embrace of our loving God

    With fatherly love and blessings

    METROPOLITANARCHBISHOP SOTIRIOS

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    MORNING PRAYER

    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

    Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who dwell in all places and fill all things, trea-sury of good things and giver of life, come and abide in us and cleanse us of every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

    Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immor-tal, have mercy on us. (3 times)Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmi-ties for your names sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    SHORT PRAYERS

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    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy (x12)

    As I rise from sleep I thank You, O Holy Trinity, for through Your great goodness and patience You were not angered with me, an idler and sinner, nor have You destroyed me in my sins, but have shown Your usual love for humanity, and when I was prostrate in despair, You have raised me to keep the morning watch and glorify Your power. And now enlighten my minds eyes and open my mouth to study Your words and understand Your commandments and do Your will and sing to You in heartfelt adoration and praise Your Most Holy Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for-ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    THE CREED

    I believe in one God, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages. Light from Light, true God from true God, begot-ten not created, of one essence with the Father; through Whom all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

    He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried.

    On the third day, He rose according to the Scrip-tures.

    He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; and His kingdom will have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified; who spoke through the Prophets.

    In one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    I expect the resurrection of the dead.

    And the life of the age to come. Amen.

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    DOXOLOGY

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill among men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we thank you for your great glory.

    O Lord, heavenly King, God the Almighty Father. O Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

    Lord God, lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, who takes away the sins of the world.

    Receive our prayer, you who sit on the right hand of the Father and have mercy upon us. For you alone are holy, you alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

    Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.

    Lord, you are a refuge for me from generation to generation. I said, Lord, have mercy upon me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.

    Lord, I have run to you for refuge; teach me to do your will for you are my God.

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    For with you is the source of life, and in your light we shall see light. Continue your merciful kindness toward those who know you.Grant, Lord, this day to keep us without sin.

    Blessed are you, Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is your name unto to the ages. Amen.

    May your mercy, Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, Lord, teach me your statutes.

    Blessed are you, Master, make me understand your statutes. Blessed are you, Holy One, enlighten me with your statutes. Lord, your mercy is forever; do not scorn the work of your hands. To you praise is due, to you song is due, to you glory is due, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. High-er in honor than the Cherubim, and beyond com-pare more glorious than the Seraphim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Logos. Most truly

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    Theotokos, you do we magnify.

    O Christ, the true light, who enlightens and sanc-tifies everyone who comes into the world, may the light of Your countenance be signed upon us, that in it we may see Your unapproachable light; and direct our steps to the doing of your com-mandments; at the intercessions of your all-most pure Mother and of all your Saints. Amen.

    Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, be merciful to us and save us. Amen.

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    PRAYER BEFORE MEALTIME

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Master, give the blessing.Christ our God, bless the food and drink of your servants, for you are Holy always, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    PRAYER- THANKSGIVING AFTER LUNCH

    We thank you, Christ our God, for you have satisfied us with earthly gifts. Do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom, but as you, O Savior,

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    came among your disciples and gave them peace, come among us also and save us.

    Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mer-cy. Lord, have mercy. Master, give the bless-ing.

    O Christ our God, bless the remainder of this food, and multiply it in this home, in our Holy Metropolis and in the entire world. For You are He who blesses and sanctifies the universe, and to You we give glory, together with your beginning-less Father and Your All-Holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    PRAYER BEFORE DINNER

    The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and they who seek the Lord shall praise him; their hearts shall live to the ages of ages.

    Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Master, give the blessing. Christ our God, bless the food and drink of your servants, for you are holy always, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    PRAYER-THANKSGIVINGAFTER DINNER

    Lord, you have gladdened our hearts in your cre-ation, and we have rejoiced in the work of your hands. The light of your countenance has shined upon us, Lord. You have gladdened our hearts. We have been satisfied with the good things of the earth. We shall sleep in peace and repose in you, for you alone, Lord, have sustained us in hope.

    Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Master, give the blessing.

    O Christ our God, bless the remainder of this food, and multiply it in this home, in our Holy Metropolis and in the entire world. For You are He who blesses and sanctifies the universe, and to You we give glory, together with your beginning-less Father and Your All-Holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, be merciful to us and save us. Amen.

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    EVENING PRAYER

    In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to You, our God, glory to You.

    Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who dwell in all places and fill all things, trea-sury of good things and giver of life, come and abide in us and cleanse us of every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

    Amen. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immor-tal, have mercy on us. (3 times)Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniqui-ties. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your names sake. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Lord, have mercy (12 times)

    Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Come, let us worship and fall down before the King, our God.Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ the King, our God. Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, the King and our God.

    Psalm 50

    Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy, and according to the multitude of your compassions, blot out my offense.

    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

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    For I am aware of my iniquity, and my sin is continually before me.Against you only have I sinned and done evil before you, that you might be justified in your words, and emerge victorious when you are judged.

    For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me.For behold, you have loved the truth; you re-vealed to me the hidden and secret parts of your wisdom.

    You shall sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be cleansed; you shall wash me and I will be whiter than snow.

    You shall make me hear joy and gladness; the afflicted bones shall rejoice.Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

    Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take away your Holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and strengthen me with a guiding spirit.I will teach transgressors your ways, and the un-godly shall return to you.

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    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; and my tongue will joy-fully sing your justice.

    O Lord, you shall open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.For if you desired sacrifice, I would have offered it; you will not be pleased with whole-burnt of-ferings.

    A sacrifice to God is a contrite spirit; a contrite and humbled heart God will not despise.

    Do good, Lord, in your good pleasure to Zion, that the walls of Jerusalem may be built.Then you will be pleased with a sacrifice of justice, offering and whole-burnt sacrifices.Then shall they offer calves upon your altar.

    DOXOLOGY

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill among men. We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we thank you for your great glory.

    O Lord, heavenly King, God the Almighty Father. O Lord, only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

    Lord God, lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy

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    upon us, You who takes away the sins of the world.

    Receive our prayer, you who sit on the right hand of the Father and have mercy upon us. For you alone are holy, you alone are Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

    Every night I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.

    Lord, you are refuge for me from generation to generation. I said, Lord, have mercy upon me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.

    Lord, I have run to you for refuge; teach me to do your will for you are my God. For with you is the source of life, and in your light we shall see light. O continue your merciful kindness toward those who know you.Grant, Lord, this night to keep us without sin.

    Blessed are you, Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is your name to the ages. Amen.

    May your mercy, Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in you. Blessed are you, Lord, teach me your statutes.

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    Blessed are you, Master, make me understand your statutes. Blessed are you, Holy One, enlighten me with your statutes. Lord, your mercy is for ever; do not scorn the work of your hands. To you praise is due, to you song is due, to you glory is due, to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    THE CREED

    I believe in one God, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begot-ten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages. Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Fa-ther; through Whom all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

    He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried.

    On the third He rose according to the Scrip-tures.

    He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; and his kingdom will have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified;

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    who spoke through the Prophets. In one, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness

    of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the age to come. Amen.

    It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and mother of our God. Higher in honor than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Serapheim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Logos. Most truly Theotokos, you do we magnify.

    Spotless, undefiled, incorrupt, immaculate, pure Virgin, Bride of God and Lady, who by your marvellous conceiving united God the Word with mankind and joined our rejected human nature to the heavenly realm; the only hope of the hopeless, help of the attacked, ready assistance of those who flee to you, and refuge of all Christians; do not turn in loathing from me, an accursed sinner, who have made myself utterly worthless through shameful thoughts and words and deeds, and through the sloth of the pleasures of life have be-come a slave to my own will. But, as Mother of the God who loves mankind, have compassion on me, a sinner and prodigal, in your love for mankind, and accept the prayer I offer you from polluted lips. And using your Mothers boldness, implore your Son, our Master and Lord, that He open to me also the compassionate heart of his goodness, and disregarding my countless offences turn me back to repentance, and make me a tried work-er of his commandments. And, as you are full of

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    mercy, compassion and loving-kindness, be ever near me: in this present life a fervent helper and protector, shielding me from the enemys assaults and guiding me to salvation, and at the moment of my departure watching over my wretched soul and driving far from her the dark forms of evil demons; but on the dread day of judgement, delivering me from eternal punishment and making me an heir to the ineffable glory of your Son and our God. All this may I obtain, my Lady, most holy Mother of God, through your mediation and assistance; through the grace and love for mankind of your only-be-gotten Son, our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To whom are due all glory, honour and wor-ship, with His beginningless Father and His All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    And grant us, Master, as we go to our sleep, rest of body and soul; and guard us from the gloomy sleep of sin and from every dark pleasure of the night. Calm the assaults of the passions, quench the fiery arrows of the evil one that are cunningly aimed at us; put down the rebellions of our flesh and still our every earthly and material thought. And grant us, O God, a watchful mind, chaste thought, a wakeful heart, sleep that is light and free from every satanic fantasy. Rouse us at the time for prayer strengthened in your command-ments, and holding firmly within us the memory of your judgements. Grant that we may sing Your glory all night long, and so hymn, bless and glo-rify Your all-honoured and majestic name, of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    Most glorious, ever-virgin, blessed Mother of God, offer our prayer to your Son and our God, and ask that, through you, He may save our souls.

    The Father is my hope, the Son my refuge, the Holy Spirit my protection. Holy Trinity, glory to You.

    All my hope I place in you, Mother of God, guard me under your protection.

    Holy Angel, overseer of my wretched soul and miserable life, do not abandon me a sinner, do not desert me because of my inconstancy; leave no place for the evil demon to obtain dominion over me by gaining control of this mortal body; strengthen my wretched and feeble hand, and guide me into the way of salvation. Yes, Holy An-gel of God, guardian and protector of my wretched soul and body, pardon me all the things by which I have distressed you all the days of my life, and whatever sins I have committed today; shelter me in the coming night and protect me from every abuse of the adversary, that I may not anger my God by any sin; and intercede for me to the Lord, to strengthen me in his fear, and show me to be a worthy servant of his goodness. Amen.

    Through the Prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, be merciful to us and save us. Amen.

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    SELECTIONS OF

    HYMNS-PSALMS-PRAYERS

    (From the Services-Prayers of our Church)

    HYMNS TO THE HOLY TRINITY

    On rising from sleep, we fall down before you, O Good One, and we cry to you with the An-gels hymn, O Mighty One: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God: through the prayers of the Mother of God, have mercy on us.

    Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    You awaken me, Lord, from my bed and from sleep, enlighten my mind and open my heart and my lips, to sing your praise, O Holy Trinity: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God: through the prayers of the Mother of God have mercy on us.

    Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. The Judge will come suddenly, and the deeds of each will be laid bare; but with fear let us cry to you in the middle of the night: Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God: through the prayers of the Mother of God have mercy on us.

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    MEGALYNARIA

    It is truly right to praise the divine Trinity, the Fa-ther without beginning and Maker of all, the co-eternal Word, born without change from the Father before the ages, and the Holy Spirit, proceeding timelessly from the Father.

    It is truly right to glorify you, God the Word, at whom the Cherubim quail and tremble and whom the Powers of heaven glorify. Christ, the giver of life, who rose from the grave on the third day, with fear let us glorify.

    As befits God, let us all praise, with songs in-spired, the Father and the Son and the divine Spirit, three-personned might, one Kingship and Dominion.

    Immaculate Virgin, all creation seeing your Son risen from the dead, as befits God, has been filled with unspeakable joy, as it glorifies him and hon-ours you.

    SELECTIONS FROM MATINS

    Psalm 102

    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of his benefits. He forgives all your iniquities; he heals all your diseases; he redeems your life from corruption and crowns you with mercy and compassion; he satisfies your de-sire with good things; your youth will be renewed like an eagles. The Lord performs deeds of mer-cy and judgement for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his wishes to the

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    children of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and full of mercy. He will not always be wrathful, nor will he be enraged for ever. He has not dealt with us according to our in-iquities, nor rewarded us according to our sins. For, like the height of heaven above the earth, the Lord has made his mercy prevail over those that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he taken our sins from us. As a father takes pity on his children, the Lord has taken pity on those who fear him. For he knows of what we are made; has remembered that we are but dust. As for man, his days are but as grass, he will blossom like a flower of the field; for when a wind has passed over it, it will be no more and will know its place no longer. But the mercy of the Lord is for ever and ever upon those who fear him; and his justice upon their childrens children, upon those who keep his covenant and remember his commandments to do them. The Lord has prepared his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, all you his Angels, powerful in strength, who perform his word, and listen to the voice of his words. Bless the Lord, all you his Powers, his Ministers who do his will. Bless the Lord, all you his works. In every place of his dominion, bless the Lord, O my soul!

    God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Verse 1: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His Holy Name.

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    God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Verse 2: All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I drove them back.

    God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    Verse 3: This is the Lords doing, and it is marvel-lous in our eyes.

    God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

    THE MAGNIFICAT

    My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit re-joices in God my Saviour.

    Higher in honor than the Cherubim, and be-yond compare more glorious than the Sera-pheim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Logos. Most truly Theotokos, you do we magnify.

    For he has regarded the lowliness of his hand-maiden, for behold from henceforth all genera-tions will call me blessed.

    Higher in honor than the Cherubim...

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    Higher in honor than the Cherubim.....

    He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

    Higher in honor than the Cherubim....

    He has put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the humble. He has filled the hun-gry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty.

    Higher in honor than the Cherubim...

    He has helped Israel his servant in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

    Higher in honor than the Cherubim...

    It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and Mother of our God. Higher in honor than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Serapheim, who without corruption gave birth to God the Logos. Most truly Theotokos, you do we magnify.

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    SELECTIONS FROM THE HOURS

    At every time and at every hour, in heaven and on earth worshipped and glorified, Christ God, long-suffering, great in mercy, great in com-passion, loving the just and merciful to sinners, calling all to salvation by the promise of the good things to come; do you, Lord, yourself accept our entreaties at this hour, and direct our lives to your commandments. Sanctify our souls, purify our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our ideas and deliver us from every distress, evil, and pain. Wall us about with your holy Angels, that pro-tected and guided by their host we may reach the unity of the faith and the knowledge of your unapproachable glory; for you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

    O Christ, the true light, who enlightens and sanctifies everyone who comes into the world, may the light of Your countenance be signed upon us, that in it we may see Your unap-proachable light; and direct our steps to the doing of your commandments; at the intercessions of your all-most pure Mother and of all your Saints. Amen.

    God and Master, Father Almighty, Lord, only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit,

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    one Godhead, one power, have mercy on me a sin-ner; and by the judgements which You know, save me your unworthy servant; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

    O God and Lord of powers, and Maker of all creation, who through the compassion of your incomprehensible mercy sent down Your only-be-gotten Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our race, and through His Precious Cross tore up the record of our sins, and by it tri-umphed over the principalities and powers of dark-ness; do you yourself, O Master who loves human-kind, accept also our supplications of thanksgiving and entreaty; and deliver us from destroying and dark transgression, and from all our foes, visible and invisible, who seek to harm us. Nail down our flesh through fear of you, and do not let our hearts incline to words or thoughts of evil, but wound our souls with longing for you; that ever gazing upon You and guided by the light that comes from You, seeing You the unapproachable and everlasting light, we may give thanks to You, the beginninglees Father, with Your only-begotten Son and Your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Master, Lord Jesus Christ, our God, who have long endured our transgressions, and brought us to this hour in which, hanging on the life-giving tree, you showed the good Thief the way into Para-dise and destroyed death by death, have mercy also on us sinners and Your unworthy servants. For we have sinned and transgressed, and are not worthy to raise our eyes and look on the height of

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    heaven, because we have abandoned the way of your justice and walked in the will of our hearts. But we implore Your unbounded goodness: spare us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Your mercy, and save us for Your holy names sake, for our days have been wasted in vanity. Rescue us from the hand of our opponent, forgive us our sins, slay our carnal will, so that we, having put off the old man, may put on the new, and live for You, our Master and Benefactor; and that thus following your precepts we may reach eternal rest, where those who rejoice have their dwelling. For You are the true joy and gladness of those who love you, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, together with Your beginningless Father, and Your All-holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    FROM VESPERS

    Come, let us worship and fall down before the King, our God.Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ the King, our God. Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ himself, the King and our God.O Lord, compassionate and merciful, long-suf-fering and full of mercy, listen to our prayer and attend to the voice of our supplication. Make for us a sign for good. Guide us in Your way, to walk in Your truth. Make glad our hearts to fear your Holy Name, because You are great and do wondrous things. You alone are God, and there is none like You, O Lord, among gods: powerful in mercy and loving in strength to help and to console and to save all who hope in Your holy Name.

    For to you belong all glory, honour and worship, to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Psalm 140

    Lord, I have cried to you, hear me; hear me, O Lord. Lord, I have cried to You, hear me. Give

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    heed to the voice of my supplication when I cry to You. Hear me, O Lord.

    Let my prayer be directed like incense before You; the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Hear me, O Lord.

    Set a guard, O Lord, on my mouth, and a strong door about my lips. Do not incline my heart to evil words; to make excuses for my sins.

    With those who work iniquity, let me not unite with their elect. The just will chastise me with mercy and re-prove me; but let not the oil of sinners anoint my head.

    For yet my prayer shall be in their pleasures; their judges have been swallowed up near the rock.

    They will hear my words for they are sweet. As a clod of earth is crushed upon the ground, their bones have been scattered at the mouth of Hades.

    For my eyes look to You, O Lord, my Lord. I have hoped in You, do not take away my soul. Keep me from the snare that they have hidden for me, and from the traps of evildoers.

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    The sinners will fall into their own net. I am alone until I pass by.Psalm 141

    With my voice I cried to the Lord. With my voice I entreated the Lord.I will pour out my entreaty before him, and tell him all my trouble. When my spirit was faint, You knew my path.

    In the way where I walked they had hidden a snare for me. I looked to my right hand and saw, but there was none who knew me. Escape is gone from me, and there is none who seeks for my soul. I cried to You, Lord, I said, You are my hope; my portion in the land of the living. Give heed to my supplication, for I am brought very low. Deliver me from those who persecute me, for they are too strong for me. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may confess Your name. The just will await me, until you reward me.

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    Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive, to the voice of my supplication. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who will stand? But there is forgiveness with you. For Your names sake I have waited for You, O Lord. My soul has waited on Your word. My soul has hoped in the Lord.

    From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope in the Lord.

    For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him plentiful redemption, and he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

    Psalm 116

    Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him all you peoples. For his mercy has been mighty towards us, and the truth of the Lord endures to the ages.

    THE THANKSGIVING AT THE LIGHTING OF THE LAMPS

    O joyful Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father, O Jesus Christ. Now that we have come to the setting of the sun and see the evening light, we sing the praise of

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    God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is right at all times to hymn You with holy voices, Son of God, giver of life. Therefore the world glorifies You.

    On Saturday night. Tone 6.

    The Lord is King: he has clothed himself with glory.Verse: The Lord has clothed and girded himself with powerVerse : He has established the world, which will not be shaken.

    On Sunday night. Tone 8.

    Come, bless the Lord: all you servants of the Lord. Verse: You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

    On Monday evening. Tone 4.

    When I call to the Lord: he will hear me.Verse: Answer me when I call, O God of my jus-tice.

    On Tuesday evening. Tone 1.

    Your mercy, Lord, will follow me: all the days of my life. Verse: The Lord is my shepherd, therefore can I lack nothing.

    On Wednesday evening. Tone 5.

    Save me, O God, by the power of your name: and vindicate me by your might.Verse: Hear my prayer, O God, and listen to the

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    On Thursday evening. Tone 6.

    My help comes from the Lord: who made both heaven and earth.Verse: I have lifted up my eyes to the hills, from which my help will come.

    On Friday evening. Tone 7.

    O God you are my helper: your mercy will go before me.Verse: Deliver me from my enemies, O God, ran-som me from those that rise up against me.

    Grant, Lord, to keep us this evening without sin. Blessed are you, Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is your name to the ages. Amen. Let your mercy, Lord be upon us, as we have hoped in you. Blessed are You, Lord: teach me Your statutes. Blessed are You, Master: make me understand Your statutes. Blessed are You, Holy One: enlighten me with Your statutes. Lord, Your mercy is forever; do not scorn the work of your hands. To You praise is due, to You song is due, to You glory is due, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    THE ODE OF SIMEON

    Now, Master, let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a Light to bring revelation to the nations, and the Glory of Your people Israel.

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    SELECTION FROM SMALL COMPLINE SERVICE

    Psalm 142

    Lord, hear my prayer: in your truth give ear to my supplication, and in Your righteousness hear me. Do not enter into judgement with Your servant: for in your sight no one living can be justified. For the enemy pursued my soul, humbled my life to the ground. They have made me dwell in darkness, like those forever dead. My spirit grew despondent within me and my heart within me was troubled. I remembered the days of old, I meditated on all Your works: I made the works of Your hands my meditation. I stretched out my hands towards You: my soul thirsted for You like a waterless land. Hear me swiftly, O Lord, my spirit has failed. Do not turn Your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the pit. Make me hear of Your mercy in the morning, for I have hoped in You. Make known to me the way in which I should walk, for to You I have lifted up my soul. Deliver me from my en-emies, Lord: I have run to You for shelter. Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. Your good Spirit will guide me in an upright land. For Your names sake, O Lord, You will give me life. In your justice, You will bring my soul out of trouble, in your mercy slay my enemies, and destroy all those that afflict my soul, for I am Your servant.

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    PRAYERS BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

    I believe and confess, Lord, that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. I also believe that this is truly Your pure Body and that this is truly Your precious Blood. Therefore, I pray to You, have mercy upon me, and forgive my transgressions, voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, known and unknown. And make me wor-thy without condemnation to partake of Your pure Mysteries for the forgiveness of sins and for life eternal. Amen.

    How shall I, who am unworthy, enter into the splendor of Your saints? If I dare to enter into the bridal chamber, my clothing will accuse me, since it is not a wedding garment; and being bound up, I shall be cast out by the angels. In Your love, Lord, cleanse my soul and save me.

    Loving Master, Lord Jesus Christ, my God, let not these holy Gifts be to my condemnation because of my unworthiness, but for the cleansing and sanctification of soul and body and the pledge of the future life and kingdom. It is good for me to cling to God and to place in Him the hope of my salvation.

    Receive me today, Son of God, as a partaker of Your mystical Supper. I will not reveal Your

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    mystery to Your adversaries. Nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas. But as the thief I confess to You: Lord, remember me in Your kingdom.

    THANKSGIVING AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

    We thank You, loving Master, benefactor of our souls, that on this day You have made us worthy once again of Your heavenly and im-mortal Mysteries. Direct our ways in the right path, establish us firmly in Your fear, guard our lives, and make our endeavors safe, through the prayers and supplications of the glorious Mother of God and ever Virgin Mary and of all Your saints.

    For You are our sanctification and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    PRAYERS OF GREAT LENT

    Tone Six.

    Virgin Mother of God, hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have given birth to the Saviour of our souls.

    Baptist of Christ, remember us all, that we may be delivered from our transgressions: for you have been given grace to intercede for us.

    Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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    Pray for us, holy Apostles and all you Saints, that we may be delivered from dangers and afflic-tions: for in you we have gained fervent advocates with the Saviour.

    Both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.We take refuge beneath your compassion, Mother of God: do not despise our petitions in trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one.

    PRAYERS DURING MATINS

    Verse 1: From nightfall my spirit is awake for you, O God, for your commands are light upon the earth.

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Verse 2: Learn justice, inhabitants of the earth.

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Verse 3: Jealousy will seize an untaught people, and now fire devours their adversaries.

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Verse 4: Bring evils upon them, O Lord, bring evils upon them, the glorious ones of the earth.

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

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    PRAYERS DURING GREAT COMPLINE

    God is with us, understand you nations, and submit.For God is with us.

    To the ends of the earth give ear.For God is with us.

    Submit, you mighty ones.For God is with us.

    If again you become strong, you will also submit again.For God is with us.

    And whatever you plan, the Lord will scatter it.For God is with us.

    And whatever word you speak, it will not remain among you.For God is with us.

    Fear of you we shall not fear, nor shall we be troubled.For God is with us.

    The Lord our God, let us sanctify him, and he will be our fear.For God is with us.

    And if I should trust in him, he will be sanctifica-tion for me.For God is with us.

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    him.For God is with us.

    Here am I and the children whom God has given me.For God is with us.

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.For God is with us.

    We who dwell in the land and the shadow of death, a light will shine on us.For God is with us.

    For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.For God is with us.

    Whose government was upon his shoulder.For God is with us.

    And of his peace there is no bound.For God is with us.

    And his name shall be called, Angel of Great Counsel.For God is with us.

    Wonderful Counsellor.For God s with us.

    Mighty God, Ruler, Prince of peace.For God is with us.

    Father of the age to come.For God is with us.

    Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy

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    oth now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. For God is with us.

    God is with us, understand you nations, and submit: For God is with us.* * * * *

    Lord of the Powers, be with us; for in times of distress, we have no other hope but You. Lord of the Powers, have mercy on us.

    Verse: Praise God in His saints, praise Him in the firmament of His power.

    Lord of the Powers...Verse: Praise Him for His mighty acts, praise Him according to the multitude of His greatness.

    Lord of the Powers...Verse: Praise Him with the sound of trumpet, praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

    Lord of the Powers...Verse: Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise Him with strings and flute.

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    Verse: Praise Him with tuneful cymbals, praise Him with cymbals of jubilation. Let every breath praise the Lord.

    Lord of the Powers....Praise ye God in His saints. Praise Him in the firmament of His power.

    Lord of the Powers...VESPERS AND MATINS PRAYER

    Heavenly King, establish our rulers: strengthen the faith: calm the nations: make the world peaceful: guard well this holy church: assign our brothers and sisters who have gone before us to the tents of the righteous, and accept us in repentance and confession, as you are good and love humankind.

    THE PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM

    Lord and Master of my life, do not give me a spirit of sloth, idle curiosity, love of power and useless chatter.

    Rather accord to me, your servant, a spirit of sobriety, humility, patience and love.

    Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother; for you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen.

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    HYMNS OF THE PENTICOSTARION

    Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by His death, and bestowing life to those in the tombs.

    Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We venerate your cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify your holy resurrection. You are our God. We know no other than you, and we call upon your name. Come, all you faithful, let us venerate the holy resurrection of Christ. For behold, through the cross joy has come to all the world. Ever praising the Lord, let us praise his resurrection. For enduring the cross for us, He has destroyed death by death.

    Though you descended into the tomb, O Im-mortal, yet You destroyed the power of Ha-des; and You arose as victor, O Christ God, calling to the Myrrh-bearing women: Rejoice! and giving peace to your Apostles, O You who grant resur-rection to the fallen.

    When You had fallen asleep in the flesh as one mortal, O King and Lord, You arose again on the third day, raising up Adam from cor-ruption and abolishing death. A Pascha of incor-ruption, salvation of the world.

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    Its the day of Resurrection; let us be radiant for the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us say, brethren, even to those that hate us, Let us forgive all things on the Resurrection, and so let us cry, Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by his death, and bestowing life to those in the tombs.

    When they who were with Mary came, an-ticipating the dawn, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, they heard from the Angel: Why do you seek among the dead, as though he were mortal man, Him who abides for in everlasting light? Behold the grave clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and has put death to death; for he is the Son of God, who saves the human race.

    Jesus, having risen from the tomb as he fore-told, has given us eternal life and his great mercy.

    The above prayers are said instead of the morning and evening prayers from the day of Easter until the day before the feast of the Ascension.

    ASCENSION

    You were taken up in glory, Christ our God, hav-ing made the Disciples joyful with the promise of the Holy Spirit; through the blessing they were assured that you are the Son of God, the Redeem-er of the world.

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    Blessed are You, Christ our God, who revealed the fishermen to be most wise by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, and so through them catching the whole world in a net: Lover of mankind, glory to you!

    The Holy Spirit gives all things: makes proph-ecies flow, perfects priests, taught the un-lettered wisdom, revealed fishermen to be theo-logians, welds together the whole institution of the Church. Advocate, consubstantial and equal in majesty with the Father and the Son, glory to you.

    When the Most High came down and con-fused the tongues, he parted the nations; when he divided out the tongues of fire, he called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the All-holy Spirit.

    ALL SAINTS DAY

    Clothed as in purple and fine linen with the blood of your Martyrs throughout the world, your Church cries out to you through them, Christ God: Send down your pity on Your people; give peace to Your commonwealth, and to our souls Your great mercy.

    LITURGICAL HYMNS

    Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and with fear and trembling stand. Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for the King of kings and Lord of lords advances to be slain and given as food to the

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    faithful. Before him go the choirs of Angels, with every rule and authority, the many-eyed Cheru-bim and the six-winged Seraphim, veiling their sight and crying out the hymn: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    Magnify the Lord with me, and let us praise his name together. Have mercy on us, Lord God, the Father, the Almighty.

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    THE BEATITUDES

    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righ-teousness: for they shall be filled.

    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righ-teousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

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  • Bejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

    Forgive, remit, pardon, O God, our sins, both voluntary and involuntary, in deed and in word, in knowledge or in ignorance, committed during the night or during the day, in mind and in thought. Forgive us them all, for You are good and love humankind.

    The End And Glory to God for all things

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